Cassin’s Finch

Carpodacus cassinii

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  • Cassin’s Finch |  Photo: OR Dept. F&W
  • Cassin’s Finch |  Photo: OR Dept. F&W
  • Cassin’s Finch |  Photo: OR Dept. F&W
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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Fringillidae

Size

Cassin's Finchs are between 6 and 6.5 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 7 years

Weight

Cassin's Finch (Carpodacus cassinii) facts, habitat, range, finch pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Cassin's Finches eat plant seeds.

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Western U.S.

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

4–6 Eggs

Egg Description

Blue Green with dark brown specks

Condition at Hatching

Down covered

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

9.75–10.75 in

Observation Tips

Take a hike along a mountain trail through the wests evergreen forest for a chance at observing a Cassin's Finch in the wild.

What does the Cassin’s Finch look like?

Cassin's Finches are small songbirds. They have peaked heads, short tails and conical bills. Adult males have brownish pink upper bodies and paler lowers. A brilliant red crown easily distinguishes them. Females and juveniles are streaked brown with white streaked under bodies. Both sexes have streaked under tails and thin white eye-rings.

Cassin’s Finch Habitat

Forests

Cassin’s Finch Facts

Cassin's Finches are showy songbirds of the west's evergreen forests. They are impressive mimics and often add other songbird tunes to their repertoire. Males get their red crowns from carotenoid pigments from food they consume. They are commonly observed at salt deposits in forests. They breed in a semi colonial fashion, often with nests few meters apart.

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